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  • Unemployment Benefits in Washington State

    WA-unemployment-officeWith the economy in its current condition, more and more people have begun to file for unemployment. Most of these people have had jobs all their life and have never had to file for unemployment benefits before. Therefore, these people have absolutely no idea how to apply, where to apply, how much they will receive, and other important details. Not having a job is a bad enough experience, but to make it as easy as possible, I recommend you read this article and use the resources listed. Unemployment is not easy, but it doesn’t have to be as hard as most people make it.

    The number one question that people ask is “am I eligible for unemployment benefits?” Basically, to qualify for unemployment benefits, you must have at least 680 hours of Covered Employment in your Base Year. If you were laid off by your employer because the employer did not have enough work to do, you are almost guaranteed for unemployment benefits. If you quit or were fired, it is up to the discretion of state officials as to whether or not you will receive benefits. In most cases both you and your old employer will have to submit paperwork to the state. In order to qualify, you must be able bodied and able to do work. You must also continue to look for employment every week. If you are not able to work, there are separate benefits that you can apply for.

    Most people have no idea as to how much money they will actually receive from unemployment benefits. The actually amount you will receive varies widely from case to case. However, the absolute minimum you can receive weekly is $129, and the most you can receive weekly is $541. The amount you receive will vary depending on your old job, the members of your family, your current savings, etc. You will be told the exact amount you will receive each week when you apply and are accepted for unemployment benefits.

    FlagMoney can get tight when you are unemployed, so you need to know exactly when you will be receiving your checks. When you are accepted for unemployment benefits, you will receive a check every week. The actual day your check arrives will vary due to mail service. Keep in mind that to receive your checks you must submit a claim EVERY WEEK. You must consistently look for work and prove to the state that you are making progress.

    If you are reading this article, you obviously have access to the internet. If you are interested in applying for unemployment benefits, you will find that http://www.esd.wa.gov/index.php is very useful in gathering information. To actually apply, you should visit: https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/uia/icintro/intropage.aspx?lang=en-us

    http://www.esd.wa.gov/index.php is a great source of information not only for filing for unemployment, but also for finding new jobs. The site is offered in English and Spanish, and sections of it are available in 6 different languages. If you need more information concerning unemployment, or you would like to submit your resume to potential employers be sure to check out this site.

    Current working conditions...If you follow these instructions and do some research of your own you can make the process of unemployment much easier. Just keep in mind that you must file a claim every single week in order to receive your check. This is required because unemployment benefits are intended to be a temporary solution. You must prove to the state that you are actively searching for a job.

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